La Bête Et La Belle (Blu-ray)

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La Bête Et La Belle (Blu-ray)
Gyorgy Ligeti
Louis-Claude Daquin
Joseph Haydn
Maurice Ravel
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Choreographer: Kader Belarbi
Julie Loria
Takafumi Watanabe
Kazbek Akhmedyarov
Orchestra: Ballet du Capitole
Label: Naxos of America
Language: English
Region: (worldwide)
Run time: 106 mins.
Number of discs: 1

La Bête Et La Belle (The Beast and the Beauty) is French choreographer, Kader Belarbi’s compelling re-imagining of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast.

Belarbi revisits Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s famous tale questioning, “Who is the Beast and who is the Belle?” then intentionally switches the traditional placement of the names in the title to reflect the paradox.

This production deals with the secret relationship between man and beast and the exploration of the animal side in people. It is a psychological drama exploring the rejection or acceptance of difference – in nature, gender and the social realm – by alternately pitting Beauty’s point of view with that of the Beast.

Starring Takafumi Watanabe, Julie Loria and Kazbek Akhmedyarov, Ballet du Capitole’s reprise of Belarbi’s acclaimed 2005 production has confirmed its status as among the best of modern ballets, combining stunning set and costume designs with striking choreography that reflects the uniqueness of the musical score – prominently featuring works by Gyorgy Ligeti.




In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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